Cuomo and other governors talk about suing over Republican tax plan, opening statements in double murder trial, treating kids suffering from trauma with care

Republican tax plan
+ Andrew Cuomo, California governor Jerry Brown, and New Jersey governor-elect Phil Murphy say they're looking at suing over the Republican tax plan that's moving through Congress because of it caps the exemption on property taxes and eliminates the deduction for state income tax. [TU] [Politico NY]
+ The exact effects of tax overhaul are still being sorted, but experts seem to be in agreement that it will have a significant effect on New York State, especially downstate. [TU]
+ The House version of the tax plan would count tuition waivers for graduate students as income, which an RPI official says would have a "chilling effect" on grad students. [Biz Review]

Body found in Delmar
Bethlehem police say they've
identified the body found on the slope behind the Hoffman's car wash on Delaware Ave -- an adult woman -- and say there doesn't appear to be any foul play. [TU] [Spectrum] [WNYT]


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Albany County budget
The Albany County Legislature approved the 2018 budget, which stays inside the tax cap. [TU]

Rensselaer County DA
The Democratic minority in the Rensselaer County Legislature is calling for DA Joel Abelove to resign following the charges against him on Friday. [Troy Record]

Double murder trial
Prosecutors laid out their case against Edward Mero in the deaths of Megan Cunningham (found after a 2013 fire in Albany) and Shelby Countermine (found on land owned by the Albany Water Department in Coeymans in 2015). Mero's defense attorney, Cheryl Coleman, argued in her opening statement that prosecutors don't really know what happened to either woman. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Schenectady shooting
Schenectady police are looking into the shooting of a man in Mont Pleasant Sunday night. [Daily Gazette]

Bank teller charged
A Troy woman who worked as a teller for Bank of America is accused of stealing $160k from a customer. [TU]

Sex sting operation arrests
Two of the people arrested in Colonie in that recent sex sting operation have connections to UAlbany -- one was a photographer for the university, the other a student -- and the university is asking anyone with concerns about their interactions with the men to contact the school. [TU]

Shen land vote
Today, Tuesday, is the day for the Shen land sale vote. [Daily Gazette]

Colonie landfill expansion
A Cohoes official has joined the push by officials from Waterford and Halfmoon to seek a hearing on the proposed expansion of the Colonie landfill. [TU]

Schenectady demolitions
The city of Schenectady is scraping together money to cover unanticipated costs related to emergency demolitions, including the Nicholaus Building. [Daily GAzette]

Stewart's expansion pushback
Two recent plans by Stewart's to expand in Colonie are getting pushback from residents. [TU]

So, bro, about that funding
That affordable housing mixed-use development planned for the site of the Saratoga Diner on South Broadway -- "The Link@SoBro" -- is seeking a $10 million grant from the state. [TU]

Troy senior center
Rensselaer County is buying the Italian Community Center on Fifth Avenue in Troy so it can be used as a senior center. [TU]

Children and trauma
A look at a partnership between Albany police and the city school district to better help kids suffering from trauma. [TU]

Hat maker
A profile of a Schenectady man who's creating specially-embroidered hats. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Finding Neverland
Tuesday-Sunday: A touring production of the Broadway show Finding Neverland will be at Proctors. It's an adaptation of the film of the same name, about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

She Loves Me
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of She Loves Me. "This confection of a musical is based on the timeless story by Miklos Laszlo that also served as inspiration for the classic film The Shop Around the Corner and more recently You've Got Mail." Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $25 and up

Star Wars
Tuesday: Vox film critic -- and RPI alum -- Alissa Wilkinson will be at RPI's Chapel + Cultural Center for a talk "about the ways our engagement with Star Wars resembles religion in our culture, and what that means." Tuesday 7 pm -- free

From Idea to Game Studio
Tuesday: Rachel Presser will be at RPI to talk about starting up a video games studio. She's a consultant who specializes in strategy, accounting, and tax law for indie games. "Going from game idea to studio isn't as difficult as you'd think but it's got its share of pitfalls." Tuesday 4 pm -- free (registration required)

Nitty Gritty
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty poetry slam series is back at The Low Beat. 7 pm

Music: Spoon at Upstate Concert Hall
That's the way we get by. With: White Reaper. 8 pm -- $27.50 ahead / $30 day of

Music: FLY 92.3's Not So Silent Night at The Palace
All Time Low, Dua Lipa, Grace VanderWaal, Alex Aiono. Tuesday 8 pm -- $24 and up

Music: The Messiah at The Cathedral of All Saints
The 146th year of the performance by The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. 7 pm -- $25 / $20 seniors / $15 students / $10 under 12

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